I've worked on more than 700 stories, blog posts and multimedia pieces for the Guardian.
Interests: Open(ing) govt, good data visualisation, raising awareness of planning issues, architecture, pollution-free transport and The Highline. It's fair to say I'm obsessed with music too.
With the Guardian's year-long Local project now over, I'm working on new projects (some still with the Guardian) and hunting new challenges.
Without really meaning to, I've found myself freelancing. Spent the end of summer 2011 with the Guardian Books team covering the Edinburgh international Book Festival - the biggest on earth! What a lovely bunch. See the coverage here. Have also recently written for the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland magazine. Chipped in with some future media consultancy for two political monitoring firms. A long-term goal is to roll-out the Planning App Map across every council in the UK. Read more about it here on the Guardian.
The Beatblogger role included multimedia journalism, council reporting, sourcing regular contributed content and collaborative community projects.
I'm qualified with a diploma in journalism, including shorthand at 120 words per-minute. Before The Guardian I spent two years with a national press agency and three years at an award-winning local newspaper group.
Please click here for my career plans - perhaps they fit in with yours and we could work together.
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While open-minded about continuing in news, I’d like to build on the work I’ve done on the Guardian’s Edinburgh blog. Ideally, I’ll find a way to integrate the new skills I’ve learned and communities I’ve worked with. For example, the Literary Edinburgh page is something I’d love to continue somehow, as I’m constantly told how useful it is by our local writers. I also enjoyed volunteering for Edinbuzz at their social media surgeries.
I’m planning to contact various organisations to discuss funding options to perhaps build on the local writers’ blog network we’ve started so I can dedicate time to making it a lot more practical and useful to more people.
Get in touch if any of this interests you, and I’ll get back to you ASAP.